Aaron Smith

Research & Education Consultant



- BA (Hons.), Sociology (McMaster University)

- MTS, Counselling (Martin Luther University College, Wilfrid Laurier University)

- MA, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (Martin Luther University College, Wilfrid Laurier University)

- PhD (cand.), Social Work, (Wilfrid Laurier University)


With nearly 15 years working in various fields related to all things social, Aaron brings a wealth of experience related to connection to Social Research and Education Group.


As a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Aaron has worked in private practice, community-based, health care, and institutional settings.

As an educator, Aaron has taught undergraduate and masters level courses related to social work, sociology, counselling, and psychotherapy at universities across Canada. Aaron has also taught numerous workshops to both professionals and lay persons in a variety of professional and community-based settings.

As a presenter and educational consultant, Aaron has developed and delivered courses, workshops, and conferences throughout both Canada and the United States.

As a researcher and author, Aaron has studied phenomena related to various social experiences. Many of these studies have resulted in publications of various sorts, including in academic journals, conference proceedings, and professional documents.

As an academic and PhD candidate, Aaron's research explores various experiences of relationship, including personal relationships, professional relationships, and therapeutic relationships, and how these various relational experiences impact the persons involved.

As a person, Aaron enjoys reading, baseball, music, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

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Heather Antoni

Research & Education Consultant



- BRE, Professional Studies (Emmanuel Bible College)

- MA (Cand.), Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (Martin Luther University College, Wilfrid Laurier University)


Heather is currently completing a Masters degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Martin Luther University College and working toward certification as a Registered Psychotherapist. Heather has a passion to work with those who struggle with mental health.

Heather has helped facilitate numerous workshops and courses in both in-person and online formats.

Heather is a falconer and brings that passion to her work as a researcher and a therapist in the form of studying and using animal-assisted therapy and other forms of ecotherapy.




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